The Family von Brühl

The dynasty was first mentioned in 1344 with Heinrich aus dem Brühl. He is mentioned in a document as a ministerial of the Counts of Hohnstein. Even later, the leading name Heinrich was often given to members of the family. Heinrich von Brühl († 1446) owned the manor of Wenigen-Tennstedt and first appears in a document in 1424. The line of descent of the family begins with him. His descendant Heinrich von Brühl acquired the saddle farm at Gangloffsömmern near Weißensee around 1470. Gangloffsömmern became the ancestral seat of the dynasty for a long time. The current fame of the noble family goes back above all to Heinrich von Brühl, who was born in Weißenfels in 1700. He had been in the court service of the Electorate of Saxony since 1719 and rose quickly through the favour of Augustus the Strong. For almost two decades, Brühl was one of the most powerful men in the Electorate of Saxony as Prime Minister and Chief Chamberlain.

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Heinrich von Brühl

Count Heinrich von Brühl was Saxony's most important statesman in the Age of Augustus. Endowed with great power by Elector Frederick Augustus II, he determined the fortunes of Electoral Saxony and Poland in the middle of the 18th century. He played a major role in establishing Saxony and Poland-Lithuania as a major European power alongside Russia, Prussia and Austria, and shaped an era of great splendour and growing prosperity. The Seven Years' War, the outcome of which Brühl could not foresee, brought this period of prosperity to an end.

In the last years of Augustus the Strong's life, Brühl's political career began. After he had shown his organisational talent at the Zeithain camp, a gigantic army show, he took over key positions at court. From 1731 he was Director General of Excise and thus responsible for the collection of excise duties. From 1732 he was in charge of the entire financial administration. The young Elector Frederick Augustus II (as King of Poland Augustus III), who succeeded Augustus the Strong in 1733, trusted Brühl and entrusted him with further tasks. Brühl became a cabinet minister and had been second in command to the king since the ousting of Count Alexander Sulkovsky. The appointment as prime minister, which took place in 1746, was only a formality.

Brühl organised a European power alliance against the Kingdom of Prussia. However, Frederick II of Prussia occupied neighbouring Saxony and held his own against all opponents in the Seven Years' War, causing Brühl's long-term foreign policy concept to fail. With the Peace of Hubertusburg in 1763, Saxony left the circle of the great European powers. Had Brühl's coalition won, which was entirely possible and only failed due to coincidences, Prussia would not have risen to become the dominant military power that spread like an oil slick across the map in the 19th century and eventually absorbed all of Germany.

Julia von Brühl

Julia Countess von Brühl was born on November 10, 1989 to father Günter Count von Brühl and mother Bettina Countess von Brühl. The qualified journalist and entrepreneur now lives in Hamburg and runs her own event and communications agency in Hamburg and Dubai. Privately, she made a name for herself as an internationally successful ballroom dancer.

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